May 12 , 1886: Xenia Flood
The flood left more than 300 people homeless. Fire engines pumped out wells in the flooded district and unclaimed lumber was divided among the needy. After the flood, City Council announced they intended to widen Shawnee Creek and asked residents not to rebuild houses along the creek. There were rumors at the time that an embankment upstream from Xenia caused the flood waters to back up and then the embankment failed, sending the wall of water through Xenia. Careful examination showed this was not true, although debris collecting at bridges through Xenia caused a temporary rise in floodwaters that washed downstream with renewed vigor when the debris or bridge gave way.
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